U.S. President Trump has decided to sign executive orders that would permit the continuation of constructing the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
In a recent ceremony that took place at the Oval Office, Trump claimed that these projects would allow newer jobs for U.S. citizens, and added that they will be constructed with American steel and labor.
Trump stated that the U.S. will construct its own pipeline and will build their own pipes, just like they had apparently done “in the old days.”
These actions come into direct contradiction with the policy of former President Barack Obama who had rejected for the projects to go forth after several demonstrations and campaigns were launched.
A Harsh Blow
According to reports, the actions Trump has carried out are believed not to force the go ahead for both projects.
President Trump stated that he wishes to renegotiate with the developers of the pipelines regarding the terms that were set forth. Such terms include perhaps a financial return to the United States government from Keystone.
The decision to proceed with both projects however fulfill promises that Trump had previously made in his electoral campaign.
Although oil industries along with the GOP will back Trump for such decisions, extreme repercussions and backlash will come about from environmentalists along with Democrats.
Last Tuesday environmentalists promised that they would regroup all of their legal forces once again in order to fight against Trump’s executive orders.
These same forces were the ones that had originally stood up to fight previously against the construction of the pipelines during Obama’s presidency.
The Earthjustice lawyer who is currently representing for Standing Rock Sioux, Jan Hasselman had his own remarks on the matter.
“An easement issued under this executive order violates the law, and we will take the Army to court,” adding that no executive order can play around firmly placed laws.